Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 9
Rated 5 out of 5Â by achesandpains a Functional and practical hot tub that doesnt kill the budget
Having several surgeries and a medical need for a hot tub with limited funds, I knew exactly what I needed so far a minimum requirements. This tub fit the bill perfectly. The 110v makes it easier to install and reduces the need to install a 220v line. It took about 18 hours to bring to temperature. It maintains the temperature well throughout the day. We turn down to 100 degrees at night after use to conserve on power bill and increase temperature to 104 about 3 hours before use. while in the tub, it looses about 1 degree every 30 minutes.
This company keeps its cost down by reducing the number of jets, yet does not skimp on quality. The number of jets are completely adequate and practical and truth be told, if you think you want a hot tub with a lounge seat and you think more jets are better, it is not. This hot tub only has jets on the back in the lounge. Jets that are placed under your legs and but make the lounge in other hot tubs completely useless because they lift you out of position and you fight to stay in the lounge. A hot tub is suppose to be relaxing. Tubs with more jets and jets that are more powerful, often have you holding on to the side of the tub to maintain you place. This hot tub's jets provide just enough water flow action to massage aching back muscles. There are two foot massage jets that work wonderful for you feet that you utilize while sitting in the deeper chair area. The waterfall and light adds nice ambiance, especially for a couple. the locking cover fits extremely well and when in place has a little bit of suction that also helps secure it snuggly. I recommend you have 3-4 filters on hand. Filters can be hosed off once a week to keep extend life. About once a month, you can put in the dish washer with a little dish soap and do the short wash cycle to really clean your filter. when you do this, but a new, dry filter in. Everytime you clean your filter, you need to have a dry one handy to replace the one you are cleaning so you don't have to wait for the one being cleaned to dry. depending on use, having 3-4 filters will be enough to last you about a year. TSP or CLR is a commonly recommended filter cleaner. Is found in most dishwasher soaps. However, if you don't have a dishwasher, you can use TSP or CLR in a 5 gallon bucket (use a couple table spoons in the water) then soak your filter for 1-2 hours. This will help loosen deposit that can then be rinsed off.
It is crucial to maintain the proper chemicals. When balancing your hot tub chemicals always remember to start with ABC's...First check your Alkalinity, then adjust your Bromine or Chlorine and finally your PH. At a minimum water needs to be drained once a year and your system flushed. There are special chemical that you put in your tub when you do this annual flushing that will remove deposits from the pipes and help maintain the lines. Dishwasher granulars is also something that is frequently recommended for hot tub cleaning. Again, this is done based on usage. If only two people use the hot tube 3 days a week, you should be fine with the yearly cleaning, otherwise, every 4-6 months is generally recommended for heavier use, sometimes as often as every 2-3 months. If placing your hot tub outside, it is highly recommended that every week or two you use a vinyl cleaner/conditioner to help maintain the exterior cover and the cabinet.
When buying a tub, you need to remember that every BODY that goes in the tub displaces water. Be realistic with how many people will use the tub on a regular basis. As a rule of thumb, hot tubs are sized based on a 150lb person, so if you see a hot tub advertised for four people, the maximum amount of weight to water displacement will be 600lbs before the water is overflowing the hot tub. Not many people way 150lbs each. If you are more realistic using 200lb per person as a guide, than a hot tub that is sized for 4 people, will actually only fit 3 by time you figure water displacement. If you invision yourself routinely having 3 people in your hot tub and an occasional 4th person, you need to buy a hot tub for 5 people so you are not losing water due to displacement or having to constantly remove then add water back to account for water displacement.
We are a family of three...two adults and one adolescent. Our total weight displacement is 550lbs. We opted for this 5 person hot tub vs the 4 person hot tub to ensure that we were not losing water when all three of us were in the tub and to allow for an occasional 4th person of about 100lbs.
I have used this tub every day since installing and it really helps warm the muscles up so I can do some deeper stretching before I go to bed which has GREATLY improved my sleep quality.
I am extremely happy with this hot tub. Its biggest selling features for us was the freeze rating which is down to -20F, the 110v hook up, the simplicity and functionality and of course, the price.
As with any hot tub, you need to be prepared for a bump on your power bill. We live in Nevada in the sierra foothills and I expect to see a $20 bump for summer use and a $30 bump for winter use. We by turning down the tub to 100 Degrees when not in use and turning up 2-3 hours before use will help you greatly manage you bill. If the tub is place in an enclosure, that too will help keep that electric bill increase in check.
October 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Bear Antigua DLX 5-Person Hot Tub Spa with Upgraded 25-Jet Package
This product was shipped by a local carrier and came in excellent condition. They even helped me to bring it out around the house to my deck which was very, very much appreciated. The packaging was superb with everything tightly protected. The tub was very easy to install and fill. It plugged into the 110V outlet and was heated from 71 to 102 degrees in about 16 hours or so. Everything operates flawlessly as I am just now getting the chlorine to the optimum level after several uses. The filter is easy to remove and it seems there is little maintenance needed other that maintaining water quality and cleaning the filter occasionally. My wife loves this hot tub! It is the perfect fit for our needs, a small family of three with an occasional guest here and there. We have used it daily now for almost a week. It is deep and roomy enough for three full size adults to stretch out in or you could add two more for just sitting. The only reason I did not give an excellent rating was the one speed pump which limits the velocity of water that can come out of the jet and more adjustable jets which would be a an improvement
June 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Starfez Plug and Play
All my friends have Hot Tubs. Big ones with 220 Heater core. 100 plus jets. I could of got a used one, but I didn't want to deal with the repair. As most of us know. When motors run continuously for long periods. And then are shut down. They usually don't start up again.
So I decided to get a Plug and Play Hot Tub. 120volt 13.7 amps. It was delivered to my garage. The driver was very helpful and dollied it right to garage. Even tho he was only suppose to drop it at curb. 2 flat dollies one on each side of pallet, I was able to roll it down side walk to yard. With 5 people we were able to set the 465 lb Hot Tub on 7x7 cement slab I layed a week ago.
I filled it with a garden hose. The temp was 64 degrees. I took apart access panel to check for leaks. And notice no heater core.
Where's the heater core. There is no heater core. It uses friction energy from pump to heat Hot Tub. 1.5 degrees an hr. It took 24 hrs to get to 102 degrees. I set it to 101 but it peaks at 102 degrees.
I have had Hot Tub for 3 weeks. At first I had buyer blues. I was worried that I wouldn't like it. I love it. I spend about 45 mins or so in Hot Tub. It's insulated to -20 degrees. It's so well insulated that temp on Hot Tub drops 1 degree for 45 mins of use. From the reviews I read the temp will drop faster in winter time.
My favorite part of Hot Tub is the seat where the 9 jets are. It's great for my neck and shoulders. And it lines ur feet with 2 jets for a relaxing foot massage.
I still can't find a electrician to wire me a plug outside. Right now I have it on a 20 amp extension cord. It's rained constantly but rainproof GFI has yet to pop.
September 7, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by OldEyes Pretty good, could be better
Received the hot tub 7 days early so it had to sit in my garage until the concrete cured. Delivery was great, the driver placed the tub in my garage. Easy to set up. It has taken 24 hours to heat the water from 60 degrees to 100 degrees in average temps of 55, pretty slow.
Pros: Great price, right size and features
Cons: cover locks are cheap and break easily
Seems to run the filter cycle more often than necessary.
October 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Emptynester Better than I feared, not a a great as I hoped
The spa has been great. I was afraid that it would be a disappointment since it was so reasonably priced. We use it about 4 days per week and have not had to refill it much. It does add to the electric bill so you need to determine of it makes sense to keep it heated all the time. It would be great if it had even more jets, but these are more than adequate. I would not have paid more for more jets. It fits 4 big adults comfortably. The lights and waterfall are a nice plus. Delivery was very easy and the delivery men were accommodating. I think if I had asked they would have brought the spa around the back.
September 16, 2014